Park development sets bad precedent
My Dad was a proud veteran of the Second World War. He earned five medals for his war service, plus the Netherlands medal awarded in 1995. His name is etched on a brick wall at Juno Beach.
As proud as he was, especially for his role in the liberation of the Netherlands, he was also, as many veterans are and were, extremely humble and self-conscious about his experiences. This monstrosity at Green Cove would make him turn in his grave.
Would I like to see a memorial site – somewhere? Unequivocally, yes! But this is no representation of my Dad. The scale of this statue is not about honouring veterans. It screams money and power and ostentation, and most of all ego.
Adding injury to insult is the intrusion of this proposed site on this location at Green Cove. But I am going to voice an argument I have not yet come across.
The Cabot Trail has been named by international magazines as one of the best drives in the world. Known for its natural, spectacular scenic beauty, it drives much of our tourist industry on that fact alone.
Once the Cape Breton Highlands National Park is opened to one development, it sets a precedent. Then, where does it stop?
If you want to get an idea of what ‘development’ can do, take a drive to Peggy’s Cove near Halifax. Yes, the cove and the lighthouse are still there, still breathtaking. But before you come to the village, you must pass through a corridor of commercialism – a mile or so of signs and shops, which has no doubt spread even farther in both directions of the highway leading to the cove. Two miles or more of spoilage because it is in an unprotected area.
Our national parks are protected for a reason – for the preservation of what we may never see anywhere else, not ever again. Once Green Cove is disturbed, not only the ecology, but the essence of it is gone forever. Donna Troicuk Glace Bay